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CPJ alarmed by WhatsApp block in Brazil

New York, May 2, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by a judicial order to block WhatsApp in Brazil for 72 hours. A judge ordered telecommunications companies to block the messaging application as of 2 p.m. local time today for failing to turn over data in a criminal investigation, according to press reports.

May 2, 2016 3:26 PM ET

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Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Colombia, Syria

CPJ highlights challenges to female journalists, reporter released from prison, CPJ hosts book talk

CPJ Newsletter: May edition

CPJ publishes annual edition of Attacks on the Press

On April 27, CPJ launched its annual publication of Attacks on the Press. This edition, which focuses on gender and media freedom worldwide, highlights the challenges faced by female journalists who fight to report the news against all odds. The book--and the dialogue it has already generated--is an important step in the fight toward ending sexual violence against female journalists.

(CPJ/Sumit Galhotra)

Attacks on the Press   |   Security, USA

The Progression of Hate

Even today, the words scribbled across the pages in angry ALL CAPS are hard to look at.

"HOW DO YOU GET A NIGGER OUT OF A TREE? CUT THE ROPE!!"

"BEFORE THIS WORLD ENDS, THERE WILL BE A RACE WAR..."

"ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS CRY BITCH WINE [sic], BITCH."

"HAVE YOU PLAYED THE RACE CARD MICHELLE THIS WEEK?"

Back then, I would pull the letters I received out of sealed plastic bags with rubber gloves while standing outdoors, so as not to expose my coworkers at the newspaper to any potential toxins -- and to preserve any fingerprints that might still be imprinted atop these hateful words.

Attacks on the Press   |   Colombia, Security

The Sadness of May the 25th

To rewrite one's story, when it is so painful, feels like a kind of suicide. Psychologists would say that is part of a grieving process, helping close nefarious chapters in life. We, the victims of sexual violence, are often told that. But I think it would be more helpful to the goal of moving forward if receiving justice were part of the process.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican reporter shot to death in Guerrero state

Violence has spiked in Guerrero state, where Francisco Pacheco Beltrán was killed. Pictured, relatives protest the disappearance of 43 students in the state in 2014. (AP/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico City, April 25, 2016 - Mexican journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán was shot to death in front of his home in the city of Taxco, Guerrero state, on Monday, according to local press reports. Pacheco was a reporter for several regional newspapers and a regular contributor to a radio station.

April 25, 2016 3:42 PM ET

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Blog   |   Brazil, Internet

Cybercrime proposals risk undermining Brazil's progress in securing free and open Internet

A cell phone records President Dilma Rousseff as she reacts to the impeachment vote. Amid Brazil's political crisis, a cybercrime bill with troubling implications for press freedom is being proposed. (AFP/Christophe Simon)

Two years ago, Brazil passed Marco Civil da Internet, a landmark piece of Internet civil rights legislation that made the country an international reference in digital rights. But its legacy is under threat from a cybercrime proposal that could radically change key aspects of the framework and threaten free speech online.

Alerts   |   Peru

CPJ calls on Peru to decriminalize defamation as two journalists face court

Bogotá, Colombia, April 19, 2016--A Peruvian journalist received a suspended jail sentence Monday and was ordered to pay damages to former President Alan García Pérez after being convicted of criminal defamation, according to news reports.

April 19, 2016 10:14 AM ET

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CPJ joins call for World Bank to adopt human rights policy

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined Social Justice Connection and other press freedom and human rights groups in calling on the World Bank to adopt a human rights policy at its annual spring meeting in Washington D.C. In a letter to the president of World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, the groups urged the bank to consider human rights and freedom of expression in the drafting of its social protection policy, which is due to be completed this summer.

April 18, 2016 1:59 PM ET

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Case   |   Mexico

Police detain Mexican journalists covering protest

Police on April 6, 2016, briefly detained two journalists covering a protest at the seat of government for the Múgica municipality in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.

April 12, 2016 3:07 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Brazil

Brazilian journalist injured in shooting

São Paulo, April 8, 2016--Brazilian authorities should thoroughly investigate the shooting of journalist Ivan Pereira Costa, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure journalists can work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pereira was hospitalized after a shooting attack on Monday in the small Amazonian town of Cujubim, in the Brazilian state of Rondônia.

April 8, 2016 4:21 PM ET

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